Columnist: "Christian Right Driving Wedge Into U.S."
(Hat tip: Catholic World News)
Quoting "moderate" (i.e. liberal) Republican John Danforth, a columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer takes on the "Christian right" and promotes Soros-funded "Catholic" voter guides:
The Christian right has virtually taken command of one major political party, ruthlessly uses "wedge" issues, and often demeans those who dare disagree with it.My Comments:
Liberal punditry? Nope. Such are the conclusions of John Danforth, an Episcopal priest, abortion opponent and former three-term Republican senator from Missouri.
Alarmed at Congress' intervention in the Terry Schiavo case last year, Danforth has penned a book, "Faith and Politics," that has powerful lessons and local applications.
"Followers of the Rev. Jerry Falwell have distributed a bumper sticker bearing the slogan 'Vote Christian,' thereby conveying the clear message that there is a Christian way to vote, as opposed to a non-Christian or anti-Christian way to vote," Danforth writes.
Nor, he argues, does the religious right do the Lord's work.
"The Christian Right has championed a set of divisive issues that test the fealty of politicians," he adds. "Often called wedge issues, their purpose is to split the country apart."
Christian conservative groups are expected to put out millions of voter "guides."
A moderate Catholic group is putting out "Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics," which talks about social justice, poverty and war -- as well as abortion and homosexuality.
They're aiming for 1 million guides, but the Catholic right will likely publish 10 million guides beating the drum on "non-negotiable" wedge issues.
Catholic teachings on issues like euthanasia, abortion, stem-cell research, and marriage are "divisive wedge issues". Conservatives "divide America" and "split the country apart" when we want to protect Terri Schiavo from being starved to death. But liberals ... errrrr, sorry ... "moderates" aren't being divisive in the terms they utilize to "talk about social justice, poverty and war".
Don't be fooled.
What the left and "moderate" RINOs like Danforth really want is to muzzle those who take their faith seriously - to shut us and our beliefs out of the political process - so that the country can "move on" to "more important" issues like [fill in the blank].
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